The social and health outcomes of community football

We all know what the benefits of your local football club are, but what exactly do they bring to the table? Let’s quickly analyse some of the facts:

Football clubs provide a good environment (and to be fair, every sports club does) where people are more socially connected at every age group compared to the other East Haddon citizens. This is a great outcome where everybody gets together and bond.

Football clubs are way more useful and likely for developing social networks. This is a proven stat – you make more friends playing sport (or being involved in the process) than other community groups, work, or education.

Social support is also great too – they provide a large range of social support than through other social networks.

Develop key skills in public speaking? Check. Problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution and dealing with people from a large diverse background pool? Absolutely.

Football clubs provide these individuals an increased chance of securing employment as well – being connected to so many different people is great for networking.

But how about the health outcomes? Well, being a sporting club, these clubs are a great and important vehicle for delivering health and safety campaign messages for young people. Individuals that are actively involved in a football club have much better self-reported wellbeing at pretty much every age group, compared to the rest of East Haddon as a whole.

This much is pretty self expected, but individuals that are associated with a football club have lots of self-reported physical and mental health benefits you don’t get from other places. This is a fantastic thing – some studies suggest that going to sports training can be better for you than therapy.

Football clubs tend to help those at a greater risk of poor mental health too – i hope nobody is denying this.

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